Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Hubbard mss., 1903-1968, consist of the Abe Martin cartoons in pen and ink, some of which are tinted, created by Frank McKinney Hubbard, 1868-1930, humorist; three scrapbooks of Abe Martin cartoons clipped from newspapers, magazine articles about Indiana, postcards, sayings of Abe Martin, book reviews of The Life and Times of Kin Hubbard by Fred C. Kelly assembled by John C. Rugenstein, 1889?-1970, credit manager of Indianapolis News; letters to Rugenstein and notes on Kin Hubbard mounted in the scrapbooks; photographs of Hubbard, his family and his home; photographs of the theatrical production of Abe Martin presented by Boyle Woolfolk at the English Opera House in Indianapolis with G. Carleton Guy in the leading role; a photograph of Donald Rugenstein at the Abe Martin Exhibit at the Lilly Hobby Show in 1948; and a photograph of Frank McKinney Hubbard and Will Rogers.

Among the correspondents are George Matthew Adams, Hugh Arthur Barnhart, Hilton Ultimus Brown, Phil Brown, Bennett Alfred Cerf, Roscoe Brabazon Ellard, Edwin F. Henderson, Roy Wilson Howard, Joseph Henry Jackson, Fred Charters Kelly, Willard Monroe Kiplinger, Ernie Irving Lewis, William Fee McDermott, Dumas Malone, Stephen Croan Noland, Sterling North, Henry August Palmer, Frederick Edward Schortemeier, Herb Shriner, Charles Nebeker Thompson, Alex Vonnegut, and James Eli Watson.

The collection includes three undated cartoons with the topic "Folks who are keeping Real Sports Alive in Indiana" under the names of: Mr. Asa Wilkins, Mrs. Mandy Kite, and Prof. Seymour Piper.

In the first box of Hubbard mss. is the "Index & description of material of the John C. Rugenstein collection of Abe Martin-Kin Hubbardiana."

Collection size: 112 items

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